Merging Social Networking With Learning Systems to Form New Personalized Learning Environments (PLE)

Merging Social Networking With Learning Systems to Form New Personalized Learning Environments (PLE)

Steve Goschnick (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5969-6.ch012

Abstract

The future of learning environments lies with the merging of the better aspects of learning management systems (LMS), with those popularized in social networking platforms, to personalize the individual learning experience in a PLE (personal learning environment). After examining the details of a particularly flexible LMS, followed by the investigation of several key data structures behind the Facebook social networking platform, this chapter demonstrates how such a merging can be done at the conceptual schema level, and presents a list of novel features that it then enables.
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Introduction

This paper investigates the fusion of social networking capabilities with those from a fine-grained Learning Management System (LMS), into a personalised learning environment (PLE), described largely in terms of a design expressed as a conceptual schema. The social network platform investigated is Facebook, which perhaps surprisingly, has several of the necessary generic structures already in place, should that company choose to pursue the emerging personalised learning environment marketplace. However, an LMS could equally be evolved, taking on some aspects popularised by social networking platforms, in new ways that personalise a learner's experience.

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